From the Counselors to you: WORDS TO THE WISE

expandFrom the Counselors to you: WORDS TO THE WISE


Read actual comments from a Facebook dialogue below and test your No To Bullying IQ

T.    I can’t stand her. She is just a huge whale, puffin pantin' and wheezing like she running out of air. She thinks everybody likes her Rhianna wannabe with her fake self she just fake if she says anything to me I swear I hope she reading this post you fat and ugly…

R.    Yeah…and don’t let a twinkie get close to her she will run you over to get to that thing

S.     No body wants to fight her, if she sit on you you mashed potatoe

M.    LOL!!!!! this is too funny

Question:


T is the only cyberbully in the above exchange.

True False Answer: False


All the participants in the above exchange are supporting and encouraging mean and hateful comments about another person.

Any kind of demeaning, threatening and or hurtful comment directed at another student with the intention to intimidate, harass, and isolate using electronic means is cyber bullying.

You may not be the one who posted the initial hurtful and or demeaning comment about another student on social media however, if you post any kind of agreement such as “like” or extend the cruel comment, you are just as guilty of cyber bullying as the original writer.

 
STUDENTS 
 

It is not easy to resist peer- pressure. Be brave.

It takes courage to go against the group, to opt out of the conversation, to show care for others, by posting, “dislike” or better yet, making no comment at all, blocking or refusing to participate.

There are consequences to bullying. We all know of the terrible outcomes. The most extreme are the young people who hurt themselves and or others because of the anger, shame, and deep hurts from being bullied.

But there are also legal consequences for the bullies, and consequences for those who egg on or support the bully; those who post comments supporting bullying.

The victim and his or her family may file charges which may lead to fines or jail time for young people who were just “following the crowd.”

Parents:

Check on the sites your child visits. Do random checks of your child’s  social media activities. When you do this you are not meddling or invading space. You are showing love by protecting your child from danger. Talk with your middle school child daily. The peer pressure is particularly strong at adolescence. Continue to encourage your child to be the best he or she can be.

Ask the counselors at Marietta Middle for more tips and advice.

Visit the website below for additional information on bullying.

www.stopcyberbullying.org/